Interesting question. Pre-pandemic I flew every week- mostly on SWA. I took my entire family on a trip recently- we all had A boarding passes. With multiple children we spread out as their were 40 open seats on the plane. As the last passenger boarded, she was awaiting a center seat in a row a few up from us. The flight attendant came back and told my daughter to move my grand-daughter to a center seat- didn't ask, but told her to. I heard the conversation and was considering pushing back, but for a variety of reasons, including we dodn't want to embarrass the passenger, I kept quiet. I paid for those seats, including the one for my grand-daughter. It isn't my fault the person was over-weight and others were unhappy having her into a center seat. Our hope was, the kids would be able to spread out and sleep- giving all passengers a break on the cross country flight. If the person wanted one of our centers- no problem, we didn't pay for it and had no claim to it. But that isn't what happened. recently have seen a change in SWA- and not for the better. I have always worked my flights to use them but honestly I am not sure the effort is worth it as they have become similar to the other major carriers. On a whim i took an Allegiant flight- it was cheap and met the timelines- and it reminded me of the old Southwest.
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